‘Sham Down Under’-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
JIMREX Jaca had only one thing in mind going to Sydney, Australia and that is to beat World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific and World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African light welterweight champion Chad Bennett on Oct. 23.
However, Jaca and his trainer Franklin Albia got a big surprise and said they were approached by Bennett’s men with a proposal to throw the fight away.
“He told us ‘my friend you have to lose this fight’ but we said no because we were not there to lose this fight,” said ALA Gym coach Albia. “They threatened to pull us out from the fight and change to a different opponent if we didn’t give in to their demands.”
Jaca was offered $AUS 2,000 (P82,000), while Albia was offered $AUS 1,500 (P61,500) if they agree to it.
Bennett’s alleged cohort asked them a couple of times and pleaded them to throw the fight away. Jaca and Albia, however, were adamant with their decision.
The boxing event in Australia, in which Jaca was slated to fight Bennet, was later scrapped after Shane Mosley pulled out from the fight because he wasn’t given the rest of his purse days before the fight.
Even though the event was cancelled, Bennet’s alleged cohort offered Jaca a different deal.
“We were offered to fight him on Dec. 6 and I was going to be paid a purse of $AUS 14,000 (P574,000) but I had to throw the fight away,” said Jaca, who lost to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2006.
But after saying no again, Bennett’s cohort left them.
But Team Jaca’s woes didn’t stop there.
They had to pay for their food which Albia estimated to be $AUS 174 and for their taxi fare going to the airport which was around $AUS 45. Luckily, a Filipino boxer based in Australia, Allan Jay Tuñacao, gave them financial assistance.
Jaca wasn’t also paid his purse because of the cancellation of the event.
ALA Gym founder Antonio L. Aldeguer said he has already written the Games and Amusements Board on the issue and that he wants Jaca
to be compensated for his expenses.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2013.